Meditation is helpful for spirituality, but it is also helpful for psychological and physical health. When you have mastered the art of meditation you will experience clarity of thought, better creativity, and higher levels of concentration and alertness. Mastering the art of meditation can also bring about a feeling of peace and tranquility about life and the world around us.
There are many reasons for people to meditate. Some do it to increase their spiritual awareness. Others may do it to increase their mental health and awareness. Still others may do it for physical well being, or it can be some combination of all these things.
Once you master the techniques you can put them to use anytime you need to.
Mastering The Technique
You can do meditation at any time, but it may prove more effective if you can set aside a specific time to do it each day. Consistency is the key to using meditation. Setting aside a specific time daily will get your mind and body into a consistent rhythm. Your system can then adjust to that specific time and duration to achieve the maximum effectiveness of your sessions. You may also find it is easier to get into the meditative state if you get used to doing it at the same time daily.
When practicing meditation it is important to choose the place you plan to do it wisely. Make sure there will be no distractions for the duration. Turn off the phone and make sure there will be no interruptions from children or pets. Make sure the time you choose does not coincide with any other daily chores that will need your attention.
Make sure you have a suitable place where you can sit upright with your spine straight. Keeping your posture correct help to make sure the effects are distributed evenly throughout your body. A comfortable position with good posture also allows you to relax your body as you go through the process of entering the meditative state.
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The average duration of meditation is 15 minutes. However, the actual duration is up to you. You may want to start out with 10 minutes and work your way up to whatever duration you feel is comfortable and useful for you. Many people find that working up to 30 minutes is achievable and actually works best.
But as a beginner, you need to start with what is comfortable for you. Stretching the duration and forcing yourself can result in your getting discouraged with the process.
Benefits Of Daily Meditation
When you consider all the different stresses and elements competing for our attention daily, no wonder we can get overloaded. Traffic, children, TV, video games, and even the always present smart device can make us feel like the world is closing in around us.
With all this going on it is more essential than ever that we take a few minutes of calm time to meditate and be mindful and one with the Universe. You can’t get the same thing by watching a movie, listening to soft music, or drinking alcohol.
The art of meditation, once mastered, can allow us to experience a feeling of overflowing peace and tranquility in our lives. It can be positive for our health by lowering the level of stress in our life. Stress has been linked to health issues in many studies.
By lowering stress we can lower the release of stress hormones such as Cortisol into the body. We are able to lower our blood pressure and reduce the weight gain and other health problems associated with stress hormones.
Meditation also naturally allows you to tap into a higher power. When you tap into your inner self and reach to tap into that higher power, you naturally become more positive and confident. If you are religious, meditation can also help you get in touch with your spirit and so make a connection with that higher power.
Mediation can also help you relax so you can get restful and refreshing sleep. Many people have a hard time getting to sleep. By using meditation to relax before bedtime it can help you calm your mind and put you in the position to get better sleep.
How Does Meditation Do All That?
Studies have shown that changes occur in brainwave activity when you meditate. These changes have a positive effect on the health of the mind and the body.
A review of the literature published in 2018 stated: “Some data in the literature suggest that meditation can play a role not only in stress management but also in blood pressure control and cardiovascular disease prevention”.
A statement issued by the American Heart Association in 2017 stated: “studies of meditation suggest a possible benefit on cardiovascular risk”. Although the statement went on to say that available studies are limited, the low cost made it a worthy addition to the preventative measures for the risk of heart disease.
During meditation, the frontal cortex, which is responsible for reasoning, becomes less active. This helps to ensure that the person in meditation is not directly aware of emotions and thoughts. This tends to reduce stress levels. The activity in the parietal lobe also reduces during meditation. This helps you to detach from your surroundings, further reducing stress.
Meditation, when done properly, will enhance alpha wave activity in the brain. This helps to bring about psychological wellness as well as mental sharpness and physical healing.
When you practice meditation and master it you can bring about physical and psychological healing. It brings you to a state of relaxation and relieves anxiety. By doing this it can help you to avoid depressed states as well.
By practicing meditation you can also help improve memory and creativity, achieve more mental alertness and reach a wider scope of reasoning.
Meditation truly is a practice that can benefit you in so many ways. Try it for yourself, and let us know how it works for you in the comments section. I look forward to hearing your results.